LOST & FOUND DEP'T.: Radio tower caper goes sideways


LOST & FOUND DEP'T.: Radio tower caper goes sideways

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Previously in ASK THE SOPHIST:

Why Does Your Husband Talk Funny When He's Drinking?

Can I Cheat Death by Skipping My Next Booster?

Can I Be in Love With My Friend, Please?

Is It Fair to Run Up the Football Score Against Outnumbered Eight-Year-Olds?

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Is It Cool for Me to Rock Out?

Can I Escape My Winery Getaway?

Can I Read Something Mean About Ross Douthat's Memoir?

Paulding County Sheriff’s Office

Recently Missing in America

Two camper trailers valued at $5,000 apiece (from Sweetwater Valley Park in Paulding County, Georgia)

Sixteen tanks full of propane (from a locker outside a Dollar General store in Pana, Illinois, where an ATV apparently left tracks in the snow)

Sneakers, streetwear, figurines, and other merchandise valued at more than $100,000 (from a store called Hype Kingdom in Bellflower, California, after a "stolen government car" battered through the storefront, followed by a group of people)

An air compressor and various airplane-repair tools (from hangars at Fremont Airport in Fremont Ohio)

A miniature donkey named Jackie (from a fenced enclosure in Bethlehem, Connecticut)

A tent, hiking boots, golf clubs, and ammunition (from a storage unit on U.S. Route 70 West in McDowell County, North Carolina)

Jewelry valued at $25,000 (from display cases at the Macy's in Lihue, Hawaii, overnight during the store's going-out-of-business sale)

Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office

Recently Found in America

An inactive rocket-powered grenade round (in a home in Minneapolis, according to sheriff's deputies searching the property)

The potato pathogen Pectobacterium actinidiae (along with six other Pectobacterium species in samples from potato fields in Pennsylvania showing soft rot and blackleg symptoms, the first recorded apparance of P. actinidiae in the United States)

A 7.46-carat brown diamond (on muddy ground at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas, by a French tourist who'd rented a diamond-hunting kit)

Credit card skimmers (at checkouts at both Walmart stores in Rapid City, South Dakota)

Fragments of chewed-up money adding up to $3,550 (in the feces of a dog that ate $4,000 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

A horse and buggy (on U.S. Route 12 in Sturgis, Michigan, after being reported stolen from the horse-parking section of the Sturgis Walmart parking lot)

Copper wire (at a scrap yard in Paris, Texas, after having allegedly been cut out of the wreckage when someone knocked down the 500-foot KITV-FM radio tower in Hugo, Oklahoma)


Indignity Morning Podcast No. 203: Higher education.

Tom Scocca • Jan 23, 2024


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WE PRESENT INSTRUCTIONS for the assembly of sandwiches from The Butterick Book of Recipes and Household Helps, published by the Butterick Publishing Company in 1927, now in the Public Domain and available at archive.org for the delectation of all.


Yolks of 4 hard-cooked eggs
4 boned anchovies
1/2 cup butter

Rub the yolks of the hard-cooked eggs to a smooth paste with the anchovies and butter and add paprika to taste.

1/4 cup figs
1/4 cup raisins
2 tablespoons light corn-sirup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup peanut butter

Wash figs and raisins and put through a food-chopper. Add salt, peanut butter, lemon-juice and corn-sirup, and mix well.

1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup cream or hot water
1/2 cup banana pulp or 2 bananas

Mix the peanut butter with the cream until smooth and light in color, then combine with banana pulp and lemon-juice, or slice banana over layer of peanut butter on bread.

1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup chopped pickle
1/4 cup hot water

Cream peanut butter and water together and add chopped pickle.

If you decide to prepare and attempt to enjoy a sandwich inspired by this offering, be sure to send a picture to indignity@indignity.net.


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